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DSLR Sensor Gel Stick

Saw this interesting product on YouTube. It’s a Gel Stick for cleaning your DSLR sensor. Unlike other cleaning product, the Sensor Gel Stick does not use liquid or compress air to clean your sensor. It uses a special gel that pull the dust or dirt off your DSLR sensor when you stick it on the surface. The gel does not leave any residue on the sensor.

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The best part is that the Gel Stick can be reused over and over again. You can easily clean the Sensor Gel Stick using the adhesive paper provided. The Sensor Gel Stick retail at $39.99 and can be ordered online here.

Do you dare to clean your DSLR sensor yourself using the Sensor Gel Stick? Or would you prefer to let the professionals do the cleaning for you?

CANON celebrates production of 70 million EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras

Don’t be surprised if the person next to you is using a CANON DSLR. That’s because CANON film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras has surpassed the 70 million unit mark on 5 February 2014.

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Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 at Canon Inc.’s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.) with the EOS 650, later moving to such production bases as Oita Canon Inc. and Canon Inc., Taiwan.

Following the spread of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, production rapidly increased, surpassing the 60 million unit mark in October 2012 and now, approximately one year and four months later, reaching the 70 million unit threshold. Canon also reported that they surpass the 80 million unit mark of EF Lenses back in August 2012 and is scheduled to pass the 100-million-unit mark in 2014.

Fireworks at River Hong Bao 2014

I’m always busy on Chinese New Year eve doing last minute preparation and spring cleaning for CNY. But surprisingly I managed to finish everything early this year. So I grab my camera gears and rush down to The Float@Marina Bay to meet GengHui and shoot the CNY fireworks at the River Hong Bao.

Unlike National Day Parade and New Year Eve, there aren’t a lot of photographers and crowd for the Chinese New Year fireworks. I guess most people are at home or at Chinatown. We manage to find a good spot with some lanterns as foreground. This is the first time I shoot fireworks with something in the foreground. Love the results.

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Sony World Photography Awards 2014 last call for entries

The submission of entries for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) will officially be closed on 6 January 2014 (for Open and Youth competition) and 9 January 2014 (for Professional competition).

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Organised by World Photography Organisation, this annual contest is widely known as the leading global photographic awards programme, where talented photographers across many diverse fields are discovered and both professional and amateur photographers are invited to share their talents on a global stage. Locally, Singaporean amateur photographers who submit entries for any of the ten Open categories will also be automatically considered for the Singapore National Award, an award created specially to uncover and honour the top three best images shot by Singaporean photographers.

All category winners, including winners of the Singapore National Award, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony, while their photographs will be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and exhibited at Somerset House, London from 1 -18 May 2014 as well as on the WPO website. The winner of the 2014 L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title will be presented with USD$25,000 and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive USD$5,000.

An Instagram short film

Few days ago, while we were taking photos of the Christmas Lights at Orchard Road, a photographer joked with us saying that everyone is taking from the same angle. We might as well get someone to represent us and take the best picture and pass it around. Haha.

But he is right that a lot of us are taking photos from similar angle. And here’s an interesting short movie by Filmmaker Thomas Jullien to prove his point. The short movie uses 852 Instagram pictures from 852 Instagram users to create a stop motion video.

OK, let’s start taking photos from another angle.